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Vox Pop - Jan. 4

Government does what it wants

I find it ironic and a symptom of what's wrong with American government when the Social Security benefits are frozen due to no cost of living increase, but the child support payments in Minnesota are automatically adjusted upward due to a cost of living increase. This has been done for approximately the same time period.

Since I am of retirement age and paying child support, I am left wondering just where I live. Or more likely, it’s an example of government that will do whatever it wants, when it can, for whatever reason it can conjure up.  

Crews did a great job, but ...

The crews did a great job plowing after this week's storms. I hate to add a “but,” but why couldn't MnDOT send one person out on Sunday to salt/sand intersections on Washington Street and 371?   

The roads are terrible

I think the roads around Brainerd and Baxter are terrible. Have the plows even sanded one road? I don't think so. It would nice for them to do their job around here so I can feel a little more safe driving in this Minnesota winter weather. 

Also the annoying tailgaters please stop and give us some space. Us car drivers need to drive slower then you trucks that think you own the road  ... which by the way, there have been a few of those in the ditch this past weekend. 

How will we cut $6.2 billion?

Paul Gazelka states that he does not want to raise taxes or fees to balance the huge $6.2 billion gap in the budget, but my question to him, is does he honestly think that we can cut out $6.2 billion for the budget? I guess it would be goodbye public safety, goodbye to great education, goodbye state-run higher education. I align myself with the Republican Party, however Rep. John Ward is right on the money saying that taxes might have to be raised.  

Get back to reality, Gazelka!

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Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.